The language of gesture was born with man and is reborn everyday as the need for expression grows. Before the human voice developed, gestures served not only to communicate but to aid in the development of the voice, later being incorporated into the first forms of written language ranging from the Egyptians, Aztecs and the pictographic writing of the Hebrews. Such expressions were also utilized in religious dances and ceremonies, thus producing the first incarnations of the 'actor'. At once both singer, dancer and mime, this artist was given the task of telling a story with little to nothing. "My Imaginary Friend" pays homage to the many actors and mimes who have aided and inspired the evolution of expression. From the legendary Greco-Roman performer Telestes to Gaspard Deburau's Pierrot, Liu Dao projects that the language of interaction and goes far beyond that of the spoken word.

TITLE "My Imaginary Friend" (不存在的朋友)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Laser projection
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE Variable
TECH SPECS INPUT 90-264V AC, FUSE F3A, Blue Laser 30mw, cruzer fit sandisk 4gb
WEIGHT UNCRATED: 2.4 kg | 5.3 lb • CRATED: - kg | - lb
CRATE SIZE -(W)×-(H)×-(D) cm | -(W)×-(H)×-(D) inches
EXPOSURE • "The Art Of Wu Wei" at island6 Shanghai
CREDITS Lena Shchecbakova (performance) • David Keohane (laser animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • David Keohane (laser animation) • Fabrice Amzel (video animation) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (video) • Tanguy Laurent (video assistant) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor)

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